Fort Ann tops Hartford, 1-0, in soccer
By Keith Harrington
Hartford and Fort Ann have met in a plethora of key soccer games over the years; a few times it has been for sectional titles. Last Tuesday the Tanagers and Cardinals squared off on Hartford’s pitch with a coveted spot in the league championship game on the line.
Fort Ann scored the only goal of the game in the first half and its defense made it hold up as they edged Hartford 1-0 to claim the Adirondack League East Division crown.
Riley Barnes scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal for Fort Ann in the middle of the first half off a pass from Jackson Paige.
Dylan Brown recorded the shutout in goal for the Cardinals. Jacob Lunt played a strong game on defense.
Brown and Hartford goalie Austin Wells had five saves each in the contest.
Fort Ann improved to 8-3, 8-7 and advanced to meet Bolton-Warrensburg in the title match.
Hartford fell to 7-4, 9-4.
On Thursday, Hartford bounced back by blanking Lake George 2-0, again on their home turf. A couple of weeks ago it had been 12 years since Hartford could boast of a win over Lake George in soccer. The Tanagers hadn’t even scored a goal against the Warriors since 2015.
Now they’ve beaten them twice in the same season – Hartford won an earlier meeting by an identical 2-0 score.
Hartford jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening half and made it stand up the rest of the way. Zack Backus gave the Tanagers a 1-0 lead off an assist from Nate Fiske. Fiske made it a two-goal game at the half with a goal off an assist from Ryan Morrow.
Austin Wells earned the shutout with seven saves in goal for Hartford.
Brad Erceg stopped 11 saves for the Warriors.
Hartford raised its mark to 10-4 in the season. Lake George is 7-6-1.
Hartford runners compete
By Keith Harrington
The Hartford cross country team competed in the Burnt Hills Invitational meet at Saratoga National Park on Saturday. Both boys and girls teams were incomplete.
Hartford’s Brynn Tyler was the highest-finishing runner in the girls Division I race with a time of 21.29.3.
Hunter Lacross of Hartford and Bryton Mandigo both earned medals for placing in the top 70 for the Tanagers. Lacross was 56th and Mandigo 66th.
Hongxu Qian finished 80th in the 123-runner field.
On Tuesday Hartford traveled to Warrensburg to take on the Burghers in an Adirondack League meet.
Brody Olden of Warrensburg won the boys race. Hartford’s Brynn Tyler cruised to a win in the girls race by more than four minutes.
Here are the complete standings:
1. Brody Olden (Warrensburg) 18:17
2. Bryton Mandigo (Hartford) 21:29
3. Joseph Cain (Warrensburg) 21:59
4. Hongxu Qian (Hartford) 22:15
5. Ben McKeever (Warrensburg) 26:40
1. Brynn Tyler (Hartford) 24:27
2. Avah Lohrey (Warrensburg) 28:48
3. Lily Stokowski (Hartford) 31:19
4. Mary LeBraque (Warrensburg) 42:45
Hartford volleyball team plays 3 matches
By Keith Harrington
Last week was a busy one for the Hartford volleyball team, which began with a non-league match and closed the stretch with a pair of league contests.
The Tanagers opened the week by topping Saratoga Catholic 3-1 in a non-league match. Set scores were 25-14, 25-18, 16-25, 27-25.
Raeghan Liebig finished with 18 kills and five digs for the Tanagers. Cassie Wade added 24 assists and six digs.
Soleia Lamoureux added 12 digs for Hartford. Haleigh Grygas in chipped five aces.
Gianna Fiordimondo with 16 digs, Jacqueline Fornabia with eight points, six aces and four kills, and Rylee Cornell with 14 points, two aces, eight assists and three kills led the Saints.
Hartford moved to 8-6 on the season with the win.
On Wednesday Route 40 rivals Argyle and Hartford squared off with the Scots sweeping the Tanagers 3-0 in Adirondack League play. Set scores were 26-24, 25-22, 25-17.
Kylee Humiston led the Scots with 31 digs in the match.
McKenna McWhorter added eight kills and seven digs for Argyle. Raegan Humiston finished contributed nine kills and a block. Sarah Gaulin had six kills and three digs.
Argyle moved now 8-2, 8-5. Hartford fell to 6-5, 8-7.
On Thursday evening Lake George remained unbeaten in Adirondack League volleyball, sweeping Hartford 3-0 on the Tanagers’ home court. Set scores were 25-20, 25-7, 25-11.
Maddie Burke led the Lake George attack with 21 digs and six kills.
Shannon Starratt contributed 25 assists and five digs. Evie Burke chipped in 12 kills, six digs, and two aces.
Raeghan Liebig paced the Tanagers with 10 digs and three kills. Addison Potts added four kills and one block. Cailin Severance had 16 digs.
Lake George is 11-0, 12-0. Hartford is now 6-6, 8-8 on the season.